The Ethnobotany ofPluchea carolinensis (Jacq.) G. Don (Asteraceae) in the Botanicas of Miami, Florida | SpringerLink

2006 Botanists, or herbal shops that cater to ethnic populations, are common in culturally diverse southern Florida. One of the most frequently found plants in these botanicals is Pluchea carolinensis . This small shrub in the Asteraceae is a common species in disturbed sites in the region, especially in back mangrove habitats. The binomial P. symphytifolia has been misapplied to P. carolinensis and is considered the synonym for Neurolaena lobata ​​em>. Both species have similar uses and common names. Pluchea carolinensis is called salvia in Latin botanicas and la choige in Haitian botanicas in Miami. Interviewees at 17 herbal shops provided information on the uses of the plant. The most frequently mentioned ailments treated with P. carolinensis were sore throats and catarrh. The plant is also employed to alleviate headaches, stomach ailments, flatulence, high blood pressure, rash, toothaches, and it is considered to be an antiseptic, anticoagulant, and anti-inflammatory. Teas and compresses were the most common mode of preparation. The medicinal uses of P. carolinensis in southern Florida are similar to those reported elsewhere in the Caribbean and similar to the uses of other Pluchea species. The plant also plays a role in cleansing or spiritual cleansing and is associated with the Santeria deity Babalú Ayé.

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